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An overview of government schemes to help buy a home

Government schemes to help you buy a home

There are a number of government schemes available to help you buy a home – but which could you be eligible for?

For some people, saving a deposit, securing a mortgage or finding the right home at the right price is such a struggle that they are priced out of buying on the open market. If you’re in this situation, it is worth looking into the Government schemes on offer to help you get on the property ladder.

Help to Buy and London Help to Buy

Through a Help to Buy equity loan, the government will lend you up to 20% of the value of a property in the form of an equity loan – or 40% if you’re in London. You’ll have to find a 5% deposit and secure a mortgage to cover the remaining share of the property.

What you should know about Help to Buy:

  • It covers new build properties valued under £600,000 only
  • It’s open to all potential and existing homeowners
  • There’s no salary cap or joint income limit applied
  • It will run until 2020

Get free advice from London & Country to find out what government scheme might be best for you

Shared Ownership (New Build)

This shared ownership scheme allows you to buy part of a new build property and rent the other part. Over time you can buy more of the property, until you own the whole thing.

Find out more about new build shared ownership

Shared Ownership (Resale)

The shared ownership resale scheme allows you to take over an existing shared ownership property that the current owner has put on the market. Over time you can buy more of the property until you own the whole thing.

Learn more about shared ownership resale

Rent to Buy

You can rent a newly built home with the intention to buy, thanks to this government scheme

See if Rent to Buy is the right scheme for you

Right to Buy

If you live in a council house or flat you may be able to buy your home at a discount under the right to buy scheme. The discount depends on where you live, how long you have lived there and whether you live in a house or flat.

Read more about right to buy

Armed Forces Home Ownership Scheme

The Armed Forces Home Ownership pilot scheme (AFHOS) has now closed, and the government recommends considering other schemes outlined above – such as Help to Buy.

HOLD or Home Ownership for people with Long term Disabilities

HOLD is a specially tailored option to assist people with long term disabilities to purchase a home on a shared ownership basis.

Find out more about HOLD

Schemes in Wales and Scotland

There are similar schemes open in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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4 Comments

  1. i am looking for a home ,i am a first time buyers.where can i apply.thank you so much

    Comment by monika hoxha — March 30, 2014 @ 5:01 am

  2. Thanks a lot for this article! You always provide us with very useful information. We used Help to Buy scheme with my husband as we were first-time buyers. It’s really helpful. This government scheme means you can move into your new home with a deposit as low as 5%. There are some criteria people need to consider before applying but I think everyone who applies is al least 18 years old) If you don’t already own a home you can apply to this program. You should always show that you are not in mortgage or rent arrears as it is not acceptable. Applicants need to have good credit history to demonstrate that they can afford regular payments.

    Comment by Brittany — February 20, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

  3. My husband and I own our 3 bed semi out right, but we both have disabilities and would like to move to a bungalow , is there any help for us , possibly our house would fetch approx 135000 most bungalows we like or would benefit us cost anything from 150000. – 160000 .

    Comment by Annette sinclair — February 19, 2014 @ 10:54 am

  4. Hi. We are wanting to buy on the rent to buy scheme but aren’t sure where to go or what the requirements are. Please can you advise us where to go & what to do.
    Yours truly,
    Andrew Gray.

    Comment by Andrew Gray — February 8, 2014 @ 7:00 pm

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